If Animals Were Fat

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Jessica Leonard, 7 year old girl weighed 400lbs

Jessica Leonard, 5 year old girl weighed 230lbs (140Kg).   According to an article in Woman’s Day magazine by Graeme Culliford V (reposted on Bodybuilding forums) Jessica’s weight problem had become life-threatening, made her unable to walk, and caused severe respiratory and circulatory issues.

In October of 2005, a stranger had called Children’s Services to report their concern for Jessica’s well-being, prompting a 19 month stay at a specialized obesity clinic in Virgina, where the eight year old successfully got her weight back down to 110 lbs. Diet and exercise are credited as being the method of weight loss, although she has undergone other surgeries to correct other related issues such as excess skin and bowed legs.

source: cheezburger

By the time Jessica was 7 years old, she weighed in at 400lbs.  Since that time, Jessica has apparently received medical attention with a focus on increasing energy expenditure, a strict diet, and prescription of some undisclosed medication. Miraculously, as the next video shows she has lost a tremendous amount of weight.

Full story:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNATWsVVwgo

A Low Carb Diet Superior for Overweight Children Once Again

Source: Diet Doctor

Happy children in brightly coloured t-shirts , umping.

Do you want to lose weight? Study after study shows that if you do, you should avoid sugar and starch. This is also true for children and youth. A new study showed that children (on average 13 years old) lost more weight on a strict low carbohydrate diet, despite eating until satisfied!

Children who instead received low fat and low calorie dietary advice had more difficulty losing weight, despite going hungry. Nor did their health markers improve in comparison.

At least two studies have previously demonstrated better weight for overweight children and youth who were given advice on a strict low carbohydrate diet [1 2]. And altogether there are now at least 18 studies of highest standard (RCT) clearly demonstrating a better weight on a low carbohydrate diet compared to “eat less and run more”. The latter advice has to my knowledge never won in any comparative study. Nor has anybody been able to show me such a study.

This means 18-0 in favor of a low carbohydrate diet.

A low carbohydrate diet is dieting for smart people who enjoy life (and who exercise for the purpose of being fit and feeling well). Eating pasta daily, counting calories and having to exercise like an elite athlete to get slim is a good option for masochists.

 

 

7 Surprising Sources of Protein

Source: Dr Oz

If you feel tired and hungry all the time, you may not be getting enough protein. Proteins are the building blocks of the body. They help boost energy, curb appetite and burn fat. You should be eating a minimum of 50 grams of protein every day. If you’re having trouble reaching that goal or are simply looking for ways to mix up your diet, these surprising sources of protein are great additions to any meal!

Avocado

From antioxidants to mono-unsaturated fats, avocados are loaded with good-for-you nutrients including protein. Nature’s butter, as Dr. Oz likes to call it, contains over four grams of protein per cup. Add it to salads, sandwiches and even smoothies!

An avocado pear cut in half.

 

Gruyère Cheese

One ounce of this popular hard cheese contains eight grams of protein – more than an egg!

A cheese platter.

 

Chickpeas

A half-cup of this versatile snack contains more than seven grams of protein. Add chickpeas to a salad, purée them with tahini, garlic, vinegar and some oil to make hummus or roast them for an on-the-go protein boost.

Chickpeas.

 

Hemp Seeds

This superfood is loaded with protein and essential amino acids. One ounce of hemp seeds contains six grams of protein – about as much as an egg! It can be added to almost any meal with ease, just sprinkle it over cereals, salads or rice dishes.

A hand folded in the shape of a heart holding hemp seeds.

 

Green Peas

Did you know a serving of green peas contains as much protein as single serving of peanut butter? A single cup of peas contains eight grams of protein as well as nearly 100% of your daily vitamin C needs and plenty of satiating fiber.

 

A bowl of green peas.

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are popular in the fall but they’re a protein-packed food you should be eating year-round: one ounce contains nine grams of protein! If you’re looking for a new way to eat this favorite, try adding them to your morning oatmeal.

 

A wooden spoon holding some pumpkin seeds lying on a bed of more pumpkin seeds.

 

Sundried Tomatoes

Think outside the pasta bowl! Sundried tomatoes are the perfect addition to chili and other bean dishes as well as salads and salsas. One cup of this nutrient-packed superfood contains eight grams of protein.

Sundried Tomatoes.